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reporter danielle nottingham reports from washington. >> reporter: the national rifle association faced the media for the first time since the deadly school shooting in connecticut. >> now we must speak for the safety of our nation's children. >> reporter: soon after nra's ceo wayne lapierre started speaking, a protestor held up a sign. after the demonstrator was removed, lapierre said gun control is not the answer. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> reporter: the nra is addressing the media here in washington under pressure to soften its stance on gun control. members of the public and the president are pushing for new restrictions on gun sales of a gun control petition on the white house website has received more than 400,000 signatures. >> we hear you. >> reporter: the president acknowledged the outpouring of support and he once again called on congress to pass new legislation. >> there's even one thing we can do as a country to protect our children we have a responsibility to try. >> reporter: the president has asked the nra to join a broa
. margaret brennan is in washington. margaret, good morning. >> good morning to you, norah and to charlie. the review of the fatal assault blames systemic failures of leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels. within two bureaus of the state department. missteps that ultimately led to the deaths of ambassador christopher stevens and three american personnel at the u.s. consulate in benghazi. >> reporter: the investigation sharply criticizes the state department for a security posture that was, quote, grossly inadequate to deal with the attack. officials ignored requests from the u.s. embassy in tripoli for better security at the benghazi compound. the failure to coordinate is blamed on two departments within the state department. diplomatic security and near eastern affairs. among the findings, there was an intelligence knowledge gap about the high threat environment and the inability of libyan militias to protect the post. they ran away when the attackers approached. there was an inadequate number of diplomatic security agents. and there were no technically proficient staff
to the weapon used in the newtown shootings. in washington, meanwhile, the gun control debate ramped up. on "face the nation" bob schieffer spoke with national rifle association president david keane, the first time the toup has spoken since making a statement on friday. >> scheiffer: when you came on television at this news conference friday you seemed to blame the mentally ill. you seemed to blame hollywood. you seemed to blame the media, the video game manufacturers. you did not seem to think that your policies have had anything at all to do with this. o> well, we don't think they eave. >> scheiffer: you see no responsibility. >> you know, we're living in a country, a free country which ntryle have a right to exercise their second amendment rights. we're living in a country where in the last few decades as gun ownership has increased, violent crime has fallen. thoughe have, though, in this ,ountry are, and in any country, f percentage of people who are, frankly, either evil or crazy. >> glor: the nra says existing gun laws are not being enforced. orgaret brennan has more on what the
. america's largest gun rights group says we don't need new laws. chip reid is in washington with that story. chip, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, jeff. the national rifle association was silent in the days following the tragedy in newtown. now it's speaking out and reigniteing an explosive debate over gun control. the nra says it will not budge from its longtime opposition to gun control, insisting the only thing that will stop school shootings is armed guards. >> if it's crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our school to protect our children, then call me crazy. i think the american people think it's crazy not to do it. it's the one thing that would keep people safe and the nra is going to try to do that. >> reporter: nra president david kean added that banning particular guns simply doesn't work. >> we had a so-called assault weapons ban for ten years. it was allowed to expire. the fbi, the justice department and others who studied it said it made no difference. so if we're looking at things that are effective, let's talk abo
ammunition. bob orr is in washington with more on the killer. >> many go charlie. investigators tell us they're know cussing on the relationship gunman adam lanza had with his mother. the picture is emerging of a troubled loner. adam lanza's massacre began at home. police say the 20-year-old recluse shot his mother nancy multiple times in the head killing her as she slept. sources say nancy lanza was a demanding mother who pushed her socially challenged son toward higher goals while schooling him at home. he also accompanied his mother on trips to shooting ranges. family friend mark told scott pelley on cbs's "60 minutes" nancy was an avid gun enthusiast. >> she liked to target shoot. she got into the last few years or so. she really enjoyed it. yes, she was an advocate. >> reporter: nancy lanza kept at least six legally registered guns at the home she shared with adam. former sister-in-law marsha lanza said nancy seemed worried about the future. >> last time we visited, we talked about prepping and staying ready for what could happen down the line when the economy coll
of the new debate focuses on the rifle that adam lanza used on friday the ar-15. chip reid is in washington. good morning. >> reporter: well, good morning, nora and charlie. gun control advocates can't imagine why any law-abiding citizen would want or need a powerful military-style gun like the ar-15. among gun enthusiasts the followers number in the millions. more than three million americans own an ar-15, the most popular rifle in america. >> it's -- a fun gun to shoot. >> reporter: gun store owners say buyers also like it because it's the civilian version of the fearsome m-16 used in the military. its futuristic appearance has it playing a starring role in american pop culture. >> you tell me right now -- >> reporter: the gun of choice in movies and video games. >> you just see it and you want it. it's just the same reason why somebody stands on line for 25 hours to buy an apple iphone. >> reporter: it's a weapon that's been used in some of the worst mass shootings in recent history. it was an ar-15 that was used last friday that killed 26 people at sandy hook elementa
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